orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

October 6, 2013

Orange Firemen wear pink with pride

Dawn Burleigh
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — The Orange Fire Department wears pink to show support for their own Administration Secretary and to raise awareness of breast cancer each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during the month of October.

“It is our ‘casual’ Friday,” Deputy Chief/EMC Jerry Ziller said. “We do it to show support to Linda and other survivors.”

Linda Roush, administration secretary, discovered she had breast cancer shortly after hurricane Rita in 2005.

“The chiefs were very supportive,” Roush said. “Early detection saved my life.”

The Firefighters Union was approached by the Julie Rogers ‘Gift of Life’ program about ways to show support and awareness for the disease, which led to Orange firefighters wearing pink during the month of October.

“We know it is for a good cause for men and women,” Roush said. “Men can get breast cancer too, not just women.”

Roush said the sales for the shirts has been going very well.

“We still have some children sizes,” Roush said. “We have hardly any medium adult sizes left.”

The shirts are available throughout the month of October, or as long as supplies last, at the Central Fire Station located at 501 North 7th Street in Orange and are $15 each.

All the proceeds from the sales are donated to the Julie Rogers ‘Gift of Life’ program.